ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Governor and His Ministers

THE cement supply position has been easy in the South and in Saurashtra and, to a lesser extent, in Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. Ordinarily, the surplus in these areas would have found its way to other parts of the country, but just now demand in the country as a whole has shrunk as a result of the reoession and, the fall in government demand. The overall slackness in demand for cement may not last very long, but it is necessary to locate additional production capacity in areas where demand exceeds supply and where demand is likely to grow in the coming years. In his annual statement circulated to shareholders of Associated Cement Companies, the largest cement producer in the country, Dharamsey M Khatau, Chairman, has pointed out that expansion of capacity already planned and under way will be adequate to meet the demand up to about 1974. What is cause for concern however, is that the new capacities are again concentrated in certain regions so that the existing regional imbalance between supply and demand will be worsened.

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